Categorie: _Vice Versa Global
“Ten richest men double their fortunes in pandemic while incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall” is the headline of the report that Oxfam launched this week. A report full of staggering numbers, showing that inequality doesn’t only disrupt lives and societies, it actually kills. The pandemic has both exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities. It is one of the reasons Barbara van Paassen started the People vs Inequality podcast. The hard hit that women took became the topic of the first series. In this blog she shares the stories of changemakers fighting inequality and four key take aways to turn the tide.
At just 21 years of age, Janet Kilonzo is a budding actress in one of the greatest cities in the world. Despite the numerous stereotypes she has encountered so far, she has made it her mission to break the mould of what Hollywood perceives ‘African’ to be. Following in the footsteps of her fellow country folk Lupita Nyong’o, she also hopes to make it in Hollywood and star in her own hit show or blockbuster film one day.
In the new episode of the Youth Canvas, Eunice Mwaura meets Derrick Baah, a young Ghanaian live painter, during the Young African Leaders Summit in Accra, Ghana. He is able to make a perfect visual art piece of Nelson Mandela in a matter of minutes. He uses his art to inspire other young people and to send a message of positivity. He leaves us with a very important message; sacrifice is a mindset, success will always soar on the wings of sacrifice, without sacrifice you cannot get to your peak.
Kwetsiga Pinkleen Ashley populary known as ‘Pinkie’ in the poetry world resorted to Poetry for comfort after losing her mother who was her best friend. She found her healing in writing making the pen her best friend. Pinkie later joined Echo Minds Poets, a female group of poets who are changing the narrative through their poetry by being the voice of the African Woman. Currently Pinkie’s poems tackle themes many people fear to talk about and are helping many heal.
Development comes with its fair share of setbacks. The worst impacted are slum inhabitants, who are frequently forcibly evicted to make room. During the covid 19 pandemic thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes in what is described as the worst eviction of the informal settlement history. Vice Versa Global speaks with inhabitants of Mukuru kwa Jenga, the most recent victims of evictions.
An office job in the civil service is no longer the only career option for young people in Chad. A rapidly growing group of young people are opting to start their own business. Running a small business is not only a way to earn money, it also builds confidence and helps young people to break free of *le système. ‘Don’t wait, just get on with it!’
Access to sex education and condoms, and making your own family planning decisions: often it still depends on sex, race, mobility, location, money and gender norms. The new generation of women activists wants to expand access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). They are demanding change – in the bedroom and in the boardroom. We took a look at the situation in Rwanda and Zambia.
A survivor of the 2007-08 Kenya’s post-election violence, Ann, witnessed firsthand how lack of access to proper medication led to the death of many during that period. She turned that traumatic experience into her passion; helping out the sick and vulnerable in the society. Vice Versa Global speaks to the community health worker who is also a TB Champion.
In this Episode of the African Movie Review brought to you by Vice Versa Global, Emmanuel Mandebo discusses the multi award-winning short film, Shame of Puberty. In the film, Akello, a 14 year-old orphaned but brilliant girl, struggles to overcome the bullies at her school when her menstrual periods suddenly appear.
It was in the early 90s when his desire to support people with disabilities grew after witnessing the struggles of his cousin brother who became disabled as a result of epilepsy and experienced significant maltreatment from his own family and the local community. One day, Moses’ cousin disappeared and never came back, an incident that led him to start the Special Children Special People Organization that supports people with disabilities. Mr. Moses Walusimbi reminds us that persons with disabilities matter and that we should do our utmost to support them.
If you have travelled to a foreign country in the course of this pandemic, then you will agree with me how expensive, tiring and time consuming it has become to get a visa due to the numerous tests one must undertake. For the ones who have been tested at least once, you know how irritating the nasal swab is. Imagine having a more comfortable and cheaper method of testing without having the swabs in your nostrils and throat. Well great news, two young Kenyan girls invented a machine that only needs your breath to test for the virus, with instant results relayed straight to your phone.
The ramifications of climate change are progressively but gradually being felt and experienced not only in Uganda, but around the globe. From excessively high temperatures, erosions, rising sea levels and even loss of aquatic life, Uganda has definitely felt the catastrophic impact of climate change. Thousands of youth have been forced to leave behind their livelihoods, aspirations and opportunities as a result. Vice Versa Global’s Ugandan correspondent Martha Nalukenge chose to witness firsthand how her native nation is coping with this impending crisis and its tragic consequences.
In this Second Part of our previous Episode of Upclose With Eva Nakato, Bella Wine CEO Mrs. Prudence Ukkonika sheds more light on why many young people today are failing miserably in the business world, encouraging more women to engage into business among others. Mrs. Prudence was inspired by her now deceased son to start up one of the biggest wine brands in Uganda, “Bella Wine”.
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic caused numerous disruptions all over the world. As such mankind had to quickly adapt to the ‘new normal’ to be able to survive. A group of school going pupils from Uganda, after having to relocate to the countryside, decided to make the best out of a bad situation by accompanying their parents to their daily hustle. As a result, they not only get to earn some money, but they’ve also been able to acquire some necessary entrepreneurial skills.
Many children draw inspiration from their parents but did you know that a child could as well inspire a parent? Well, our guest today was inspired by her now deceased son to start up one of the biggest wine brands in Uganda. Whereas the death of her son was a very big blow to her, Mrs. Prudence kept her son’s dreams alive by growing a business idea he had previously incubated. In this episode, we bring you Mrs. Prudence Ukkonika, the CEO of K-Roma Ltd, the manufacturers of the famous Bella Wine.